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to the website of the Carmelite Third Order (Secular) in the British Province.
The Carmelite Order - sometimes nicknamed 'Carmel' - is a Catholic religious order, a worldwide Christian family, that first came to Britain in 1242 and which is alive and active today.
The most obviously recognisable Carmelites are the friars / brothers and nuns / sisters, but the largest branch of the 'Carmelite Family' is actually that consisting of lay (unordained) people who are Christians living out the Gospel of Jesus Christ in a way that is inspired by the insights of Carmelite spirituality.
Lay Carmelites (Tertiaries) alongside Carmelite Friars and Sisters.
This website is about the branch of 'Lay Carmel' known formally as 'The Third Order Secular'. We 'Lay Carmelites', or 'Tertiaries', are sometimes described as 'Carmelites who work from home'. We have our own jobs, live in our own homes, nurture our own families, contribute to our own parishes and local societies, but everything we do and are is informed by our love of God as experienced through the wisdom of the Carmelite spiritual tradition.
Carmelites - whether we are ordained friars, religious sisters, or lay people - seek to be contemplatives, friends with God, who form praying communities at the service of all God's people.
Today in England, Scotland, and Wales there are approximately 500 members of the Carmelite Third Order Secular, and some 20 communities that meet monthly. Maybe you feel called to join us?
Reading the signs of the times, and in collaboration with other branches of the Carmelite Family, we are engaged in many different ministries of service and presence.